Late blight is a serious plant disease that affects both gardeners and farmers. Because infected plants produce huge quantities of spores that spread the disease, accurate disease identification and appropriate response are important for everyone in the community growing tomatoes or potatoes. We engaged Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program coordinators to plan and present a series of five workshops for Master Gardener Volunteers across the state.
For over a decade, Cornell scientists have been documenting the critical contributions of roadside ditches to flooding, water pollution, and droughts. A parallel extension effort to highway staff and local governments gained regional recognition when we held a ditch conference for the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed in 2014. Recommendations from this conference were officially adopted in 2016, providing a new suite of tools for communities throughout the Bay watershed to meet their TMDL pollution requirements, as well as to help buffer climate extremes.
Over two dozen Cornell University programs were represented at a first-time resource-sharing event for area governmental staff and appointed and elected officials in April 2012. There were about 100 attendees from Tompkins and surrounding counties. The resource fair led to the development of a socio-economic demographic profile for every NY County.
Group housing of calves with its attendant use of waste milk in a safe manner offers economical and biological advantages to producers. Previously held beliefs regarding disease risk have been changed with a new definition of proper ventilation and the advantages of more natural feeding methods and social interaction amongst baby calves.
We are learning the extent and severity of dairy food chain contamination with mycotoxins, toxins that come from fungi, that impact human health.
President Obama ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to elevate efforts to dramatically improve Chesapeake Bay water quality by 2025 through the implementation and enforcement of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program. The watershed states were asked to develop a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) and give target load reductions.
The Cornell Dairy Fellows Program is designed for students who are interested in careers related to the dairy industry. Approximately 140 students participate in the Fellows Program each year. The program integrates a set of courses addressing the disciplines in the industry, industry and farm visits, in-depth farm analysis, seminars with industry leaders, industry conferences, exchange programs, international trips, and summer internships in dairy-related careers. These experiences allow students to apply their knowledge, skills, and mind-set in multiple real-life situations.
Development of the Marcellus Shale has created many opportunities for researchers to examine the social, economic and environmental impacts of large-scale natural gas development for the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
The PRO-DAIRY mission is to increase the profitability and competitiveness of New York's dairy businesses through industry-applied research and educational programs that enhance farm profitability while advancing dairy professionals' knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for dairying.
Soybean acreage has increased from 140,000 to 310,000 acres in New York over the last 10 years. More importantly, NY soybeans were valued at ~$200M in 2012 compared to ~$40M as recently as 2005. This ever-expanding crop is providing additional economic vitality to rural communities in upstate NY. Unfortunately, soybean has been considered a minor crop so very limited research had been conducted on soybean at Cornell until recently.